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3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,064 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
The smartly painted exterior of the City Community Faith School hides a disturbing secret. Behind its walls, 1000 girls are forced to labour in the city's laundry, separated from their families and deprived of their freedom. One of these girls is Little Fearless who never gives up hope that one day she will be rescued.
Paperback, 267 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by Walker Books (first published 2007)
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Mar 31, 2010 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, young-adult, dystopia
My name is Tim Lott and I have a ton of Very Important Political Observations to make! I could research global diplomacy (or lack thereof), red-handed corporate lobbying, and the insidious duality of any and all political parties, whether left or right, and use that information to write a scathing non-fiction book, or...

Or I could write a shitty young adult novel.

I think I will write a shitty young adult novel! So much easier! Kids don't care about quality, right? They wouldn't know stilted, ob
Oct 03, 2007 Brandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007reads, teen
If a book is released as an Advance Review Copy, the publisher is probably trying to generate some advance buzz for it. Get some good reviews going ahead of it and make people want to buy this book. I think that, if that's the case, the book has some obligation to be good.

Fearless is what happens when an adult author tries to write a kid's book, but doesn't really know how. All language gets dumbed down, every little detail gets spelled out, exposition grows like mold. It's like Lott hasn't even
Nov 28, 2011 Benna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult readers and Adults
Recommended to Benna by: We are going to read it for English this year
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. Now, I know many will disagree with me but what made Fearless appeal to me was Little Fearless's strength of character-her courage and her spirit not only contributed to what other people saw her as but to who she was. The fact that here she was, in a prison, an institution, yet she told stories and disobeyed the rules-to receive the cruelest punishment without entirely selfish motives. Little Fearless was a lifeline of hope for all of the girls who had been torn from their fa ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Bex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
The premise was interesting... Kind of 1984 or Brave New World- but what happened to the kids in these societies. So you would think- hey this should be cool.

Yeah- not so much.

Dialogue. HORRIBLE. Characters? Totally 2-dimensional. Maybe he wanted to keep them simple because this society was breaking them down so they didn't resist the rule. But if that was the case, why did Little Fearless just suck? She didn't say anything new. She had the same conversation over and over.

also the bit about hidi
I hesitate to call this book science fiction because so many people don't like that genre. It's set in the future, and tells the story of a girls' "school" that is actually a prison where girls who get in trouble are sent. The girls have been taken away from their families and locked into this facility, which the public believes is a school. Then one of the girls attempts to escape and get help from the outside...

It's recommended by JACQUELINE WILSON and is a smooth, easy read with an engaging p
Oct 01, 2012 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers; young adults; anybody who seeks an interesting story
Recommended to Jenna by: Friend
I first discovered this book a few years ago from an online friend who fell in love with it. Taking her advice, I eventually got hold of Fearless from my school library, and ordered it online for myself sometime later. I read Fearless when I was about twelve or thirteen, and have since read it over a good few times.

The story follows a brave child nicknamed Little Fearless, who has been banished to an institute to become a proper Cityzen. The opening chapter is beautifully written, proving to be
Amongst the plethora of dystopian fiction, Fearless is bland, trite, unremarkable. Despite the fact that it tells the story of a children's prison, the reader never feels any connection to the children's fate, probably because Lott never bothers to write any scenes that actually show anything particularly bad happening to them. He doesn't show us their backbreaking work in the laundry; he never really describes their time in the punishment cells; even when they are in danger of being burned to d ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Ella rated it it was amazing
Interesting one. This book is presented as "dystopian" but it lacks some of the key elements in the current trend of teen dystopian novels.
First of all, it's narrated in 3rd person, in a sort of modern fairytale style. It's quite formulaic (Little Fearless escapes, finds someone who does not believe her, then gets back).
Secondly, the main characters are children of unspecified age, but we are talking about school age so I imagined them to be somewhat between 10 and 16.
Thirdly, which I'm sure
In a world where rules and blind obedience have taken the place of good judgement and compassion, there lives a girl named Little Fearless. She spends all her days in The Institution, where she's taught to listen and obey. Problem is, as much as they try to teach it, she's not really learning it. Little Fearless knows that she, and all the other nameless girls at the Institution, deserve something more. Deserve families. And freedom. Of all the girls, Little Fearless has the guts to find a way.

Carol Yu
Apr 02, 2011 Carol Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really do love this book, once i picked it up it already seem special. Every page there is a title and a quote. Not to mention but it keeps me suck in when ever i read more and more, is like the way the aurthor wrote the story line is so thoughtful. At first page one, you know nothing at all, nothing it just talks bout someting you ave no idea of, but later on as you read on you have that feeling like "ooohhh i get it!" Which to me makes me feel really good.
Little fearless is the main charact
Apr 17, 2008 Kirsty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Here is a prime example of an author who has taken too many writing classes.
There is no need, particularly in a YA novel, to have a metaphor on every single page.
There is no need to over-describe everything.
There is no need to have dialogue like this:
"Have you no heart? Do you not care?" wondered the commander, clearly astonished at her remarkable self-possession.
"I care," she said evenly. "And thank you...But if you think that using cruel facts as hammers to break my spirit, you are wasting
Jan 13, 2014 Olivia.g rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I am a massive book reader and my three cabinets of books can prove that. And, although I criticize books often, I found this book very inspirational and a really good read. Warning, tears will be spilt and feels will be felt. But, I recommended it to all my friends, and they all loved it, so I see no problem why you shouldn't as well. It is meant for a young adult audience, and is definitely worth buying. I'm not going to spoil the book for you like some websites *coughwikipediaco ...more
Rita Grim
Aug 31, 2014 Rita Grim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in the day I really liked this book (only just remembered that I'd read it in primary school). I identified heaps with Little Fearless and overall, reading a book full of female characters that were my age was really great. Lady Luck was a cool character, from memory and Beauty reminded me of my friend at the time. Also, I remember the setting being this sort of barren, minimalist dystopia kind of thing and I liked that a lot. I see a lot of people in the reviews knocking this book, but kee ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Clickety rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ownit, ya, fiction, dystopian
I freaking loved this. The clear, simple, sparse prose. The fable-ish storytelling style. The fact that it's a dystopian adventure in which almost every single character is FEMALE. The fact that the character noted for her beauty has DARK skin. The fact that the author got me to switch between rooting for and against the SAME CHARACTER. (Stench, in case you were wondering.)

Whimsical, dark, and imaginative, this book is a great gateway into dystopian fiction.
Dec 29, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Betsy Long
Shelves: ya, dystopia, sci-fi
I haven't loved a book this much in a long time! Highly recommend.
Jan 27, 2009 Fireflie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really didn't like it..good basic idea but was written in an annoying style.
Jan 25, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes a really good book to make me cry. No ordinary novel can evoke such emotion from me. No, it takes a book like Fearless, a book that touches the reader so deeply, to do it. Tim Lott plays on the very essence of human behavior, with his memorable themes, interesting elements, and things that just plain out make you ask why.

A huge theme in Fearless is hope. The main character, Little Fearless, appears to symbolize this theme, as she always is the one to lift spirits and to spur determinat
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Lance Gabrielson
May 14, 2017 Lance Gabrielson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 14, 2017 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book, Fearless by Tim Lott, the author teaches us that only when individuals stand up together for what is morally right, then will society change for the better. In this well written dystopian book, our protagonist, Little Fearless, lives in an institution for young girls. Controlled by the ruthless Controller, the girls were forbidden to use their real names and instead given letters and numbers. Little Fearless, who we later learn that her name is Hero, was the only one who never gave ...more
May 11, 2017 Kobe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If we tighten the leash too tight and thrust too much control, rules and regulations upon ourselves and our people, we'll be, in turn, losing our freedom and the ability to make choices in the process. In the story, "Little Fearless," the author, Tim Lott, awakens the reader and warns us that if we let ourselves be too controlling and too predominant, we'll be throwing away our privileges of independence. This is shown throughout the story, specifically on pages 5-6 where "The Controller" was in ...more
Aiyanna Isis
May 09, 2017 Aiyanna Isis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book, "Fearless" by Tim Lott shows us you have to follow what your heart tells you and not your mind, therefore, people can stand in a group to fight against what's wrong. "She asked for help. I am ashamed to say I did not help her because she was dirty and bedraggled and just a child so I did not believe her." pg 248. "I, too, remember this girl," the voice said."She came to my police station, I am ashamed to say I ignored her." pg 249. "Fearless. Fearless. Fearless. The noise grew, and ...more
Mar 17, 2017 Frances rated it it was ok

Cross-posted from Nightjar's Jar of Books.

Little Fearless lives at the City Community Faith School, which claims to be a place of redemption and reform for troubled young girls. In actuality, the school is a prison for 1000 girls who have been taken from their families, and are forced to work in awful conditions and with no hope of ever leaving. But Little Fearless never gives up hope of one day being rescued, and always does her best to inspire all the girls around her to do the same.

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Monasia HArdy
Honestly, I will give this book a "okay" rate. I actually like Little Fearless personality. But I don't really get this book, it's confusing. I like some of the characters as well. When I read Stargazer helped Little Fearless I think this theme should be " Give a human the real defintion of friend".
May 03, 2017 Monasia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have questions about this book " Fearless".

1) How come Controlla had eyes similar too Little Fearless, but they said she was he adopted uncle?
2) Where's Little Fearless real mother?
3) Why did they give L.F up for adoption?
May 18, 2017 Elena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grade-7
I would give this a 3.5 because I think the dialogue and inner thinking were pretty weak, however, I found the book's plot very interesting and hooked me in from the start
Matt Guion
May 27, 2013 Matt Guion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book requires a bit of open-mindedness. It requires you to acknowledge that there are many different ways to tell a story like this. It requires you to suspend your disbelief, abandon the pretense of reality, and fully acknowledge that this is a story. Personally, I find that we are WAY too wrapped up in the desire for realism in a story. We don't WANT to be aware that we're reading a story. And to be honest, it was kind of refreshing to read a book--especially a dystopian novel--that compl ...more
Charlotte Green
The term’thought-provoking’ is rarely applied to children’s books and yet it in this case the phrase could not be more true. Set in a parallel universe, Fearless follows one girl’s journey as she decides to breakout of the system and set her fellow prisoners free. The novel addresses such themes as terrorism, religion, and society’s attitudes towards these, all from within a fairy tale structure.

The protagonist, a girl known as Little Fearless, lives in the City Community Faith School for Retrai
Katrina Southern
Reading this book fills me with a heck of a lot of nostalgia because I am SO certain that I read at least part of it when I was much younger. But it was so long ago that it still felt brand new to me, and while I can see this book has received a lot of hate, I'm not exactly sure why! Maybe it's because it's told in the style of a Fairy Tale, with simplistic speech and repetitive actions throughout. This is my favourite kind of story though, because it contained substance to reflect upon, an inte ...more
Jalyn Ely
Apr 29, 2013 Jalyn Ely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I’d never heard of the book or the author when I saw it on store shelves. But I like dystopian stories, and besides, it was on clearance – and I figured for three bucks, I really couldn’t go wrong.

This was my workout book – I propped it open on the elliptical machine and read it while I worked out every morning. And every day, I looked forward to working out just because I wanted to find out what happened next.

The setting was one very chilling dystopian world, where the government took away free
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